Spring break and vacations are here, which means your heating and cooling system needs maintenance and a dependable thermostat to deal with the fluctuating temperatures. Aside from preventative maintenance on your unit, you can also adjust your thermostat settings or upgrade to a smart thermostat to boost your system’s energy efficiency.
Whether you are staying home or traveling on vacation this spring break, your heating and cooling system needs to be cared for now. AC Southeast can connect you with experienced and knowledgeable NATE-qualified technicians to help you with all your heating and cooling needs this spring.
Check Your Programmable Thermostat Settings
Temperatures at the start of spring can change drastically from day to day. The added stress on your heating and cooling equipment increases wear and tear, resulting in more breakdowns and reduces the lifespan of your HVAC system. Your thermostat is the device controlling when your unit cycles on and off. Programmable thermostats offer better communication between your system and the thermostat and allow you to program settings ideal for your home life and schedule.
Most programmable thermostats offer different settings for sleep hours when the unit runs at a higher or lower temperature to reduce energy use. The same goes for when you are at work or school, giving your system a break when no one is home. The unit can be programmed to raise or lower to your comfort level in the 30 minutes prior to your arrival, so once you are home, the ideal temperature will be achieved.
Vacation Mode Setting
Preset a temperature while you are on vacation and give your system an extended break. Less cycling on and off prevents disastrous malfunctions while you are gone and saves money on your energy bill when it’s “resting.” If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, adjust the temperature setting before you leave so the unit doesn’t operate more often than necessary while you are gone.
Consider Upgrading to a Smart Thermostat
Close to half of your monthly energy bill is spent on heating and cooling your home. By pairing the right thermostat with your HVAC system, you can achieve savings throughout the year. Smart thermostats are controlled interactively via a touchscreen display, which makes monitoring your indoor climate quick and easy.
Smart thermostats are the perfect upgrade for your heating and cooling unit before you leave on vacation. They offer the standard “vacation mode” and offer more flexibility in case you forget to set the system before you leave via Wi-Fi connection. Wi-Fi capabilities are common with smart thermostats, which allows you to remotely access, monitor and control your temperature settings from anywhere when you aren’t at home. Controlling your temperature 24/7 from the ease of a smartphone, tablet or other Wi-Fi device allows you to save energy without even trying.
Benefits of a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats have many benefits increasing savings and lengthening the life of your heating and cooling system. Benefits of smart, programmable thermostats include:
- Smart thermostats “learn” the behavior of those in a home and adjust temperatures based on their schedules. This reduces the chance of human error, preventing unnecessary cycling of your unit and reducing wear and tear on its components.
- The power to switch your heating and cooling device on or off instantly equals greater energy efficiency and more savings on your monthly bill.
- Programmable, smart thermostats offer improved accuracy by evaluating outside temperatures and offsetting them with your indoor temperature setting. More precise readings mean increased efficiency and savings for your wallet.
Get your heating and cooling system ready for spring weather and your vacation by scheduling preventive maintenance (which protects your manufacturer’s warranty!) and adjusting your thermostat settings for optimum savings. Contact AC Southeast today and schedule your smart thermostat installation with a NATE-certified technician.